Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Knowing where you came from

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

Image by Deborah Pohlmann/Whitehead Institute

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Podcast

AudioHelicase logo with Iain Cheeseman

May 17, 2018

AudioHelicase podcast: Iain Cheeseman discusses cell division and what can happen when it goes wrong

Cheeseman discusses how his work on the kinetochore provides a window into cell division and what happens when this vital cellular function goes awry.


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Teachers and partners at Whitehead Institute's teacher program dinner

august 8, 2018

Teaching Teachers: Whitehead Institute Program Bridges the Gap Between the Lab and the Classroom

Whitehead Institute's monthly teacher series strives to inspire, educate, and empower high school biology instructors from the Greater Boston area.

In the News

Illustration of a hand assembling a brain jigsaw puzzle

October 9, 2018

Only in your head

Researchers uncover how a ubiquitously expressed mutation causes a brain-specific disorder.



Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse

October 2, 2018

Knouse earns coveted research award

Whitehead Fellow Kristin Knouse has received an NIH Director’s Early Independence Award. The award—part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) High-Risk, High-Reward Research program—was established in 2010 to enable exceptional junior scientists to move immediately into independent research positions.  

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TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT WHITEHEAD INSTITUTE/MIT

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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Toxoplasma gondii parasites

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

PARASITE’S RIFF ON ESSENTIAL ENZYME HIGHLIGHTS UNIQUE BIOLOGY

In the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii(T. gondii) Whitehead Member Sebastian Lourido studies, he has identified key components of the ATP synthase which differ from that of humans. These differences underscore the unique biology of T. gondii and highlight the dissimilarities between them and their human hosts.   


 

Whitehead Connects presents "Creative Destruction" with Richard Foster on October 17

Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc. and member of the executive committee of the W. M. Keck Foundation, where he is Chairman of the Medical Research Committee.

Richard Foster

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